Family Law

14Sep2022

Tanner De Witt’s Family Practice has once again won Asian Legal Business’s Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year 2022

Our Family Practice has been recognised for the second time in the 2022 Kingfisher ALB Hong Kong Awards as Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year. The Practice is led by Joanne Brown and Mark Side, who have built a strong reputation for dispute…Read More

27Jul2022

Pamela Mak recommended as a leading Estates, Probate & Succession Litigation Lawyer by Doyle’s Guide 2022

We are pleased to announce that our Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Head of China Practice Group at Tanner De Witt, Pamela Mak has been recommended in the 2022 Doyle’s Guide as a “Leading Estates, Probate & Succession Litigation Lawyer” in Hong Kong. This…Read More

23Jun2022

Tanner De Witt’s family lawyers attend HKFLA talk on reciprocal enforcement of judgements between Hong Kong and the Mainland

On 15 June 2022, members of Tanner De Witt’s Family Law Department attended a talk on “Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Mainland and Hong Kong Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases” organised by the Hong Kong Family Law Association (“HKFLA”). The talk was presented by…Read More

27May2022

Another Reason to have a Will – Inter Vivos Gift

It is not uncommon for a parent to transfer properties and assets to their children as an advancement or a gift on the marriage of the children during their lifetime. However, if subsequently the parent dies intestate with only surviving children, the distribution of the…Read More

27May2022

Difficulties members of the LGBTIQ+ community face in the context of family law legislation and practice in Hong Kong

On Wednesday night, members of the Family Department had the pleasure of attending a talk by Tim Parker and Geoffrey Yeung of Denis Chang’s Chambers, hosted by the Hong Kong Family Law Association. The talk addressed some of the significant difficulties members of the LGBTIQ+…Read More

21Apr2022

Tanner De Witt’s Family Practice ranked  and Joanne Brown recommended as Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide Hong Kong.

We are pleased to announce Partner and Head of the Family Practice at Tanner De Witt, Joanne Brown has again been  recommended in Doyle’s Guide Hong Kong as a “Leading Family & Divorce Lawyer” 2022 . Along with Adrian Au who was listed as one…Read More

20Apr2022

Adrian Au ranked as 2022 Hong Kong Family Law Rising Stars

Tanner De Witt’s Family Practice Associate Adrian Au has been listed as one of Hong Kong’s ‘Family Law Rising Stars’ in Doyle’s Guide 2022 which identifies future leading lawyers within Family Law. Joanne Brown, Partner and Head of the Family Practice at Tanner De Witt says:  “Adrian is a skilled and empathetic lawyer who always goes the…Read More

19Apr2022

Executors’ Power over Administration of an Estate

Recent High Court case Lam Man Cheung v Lam Man Yin [2022] HKCFI 866 concerns a dispute between executors and a beneficiary of an estate. The beneficiary, who is entitled to 40% interest of a property, requested the executors to execute an assent to vest…Read More

07Apr2022

The end of the blame game in divorce in England and Wales, and what it means for Hong Kong

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act (2020) (the “Act”) came into force on 6 April 2022 in England and Wales, allowing couples to divorce without assigning blame, or what is often called ‘no-fault divorce’. What it means Before this significant reform, one spouse had to…Read More

30Mar2022

Has the Administration of the Estate been Unacceptable?

In the recent High Court case Chu Wing Chuen Paul v Chu Oi Yan [2022] HKCFI 804, beneficiaries of the estate contend that the administrator did not act in their interest and failed to provide adequate estate accounts. While there was indeed a delay in…Read More

29Mar2022

Legal update: Reciprocal enforcement of civil judgments of matrimonial and family cases in Hong Kong and Mainland China

This is an update to our article dated 15 June 2021 regarding Reciprocal enforcement of civil judgments of matrimonial and family cases in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The Mainland Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases (Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement) Ordinance (Cap. 639) came into…Read More

16Mar2022

Nesting Arrangements – will separating parents flock to this concept?

For separating and divorcing parents, one serious consideration often is: how will this relationship change affect our children? And rightly so.    While the separation and divorce process involves the breakdown of the parent’s relationship, the children’s lives are inevitably turned over.  Often, the children will…Read More